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CNN’s ‘Innovative Cities’ explores technological solutions that revolutionize city life

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In the 21st century, the concept of a “smart city” is more than just a buzzword or an ideology, it’s a necessity. With the increasing and unpredictable demands of urbanization, individuals from the public and private sectors are turning to emerging technology to tackle the many implications of a growing urban sprawl. From the Big Apple to a desert metropolis, smart cities around the world are innovating solutions to problems like overcrowding, congestion and pollution in order to make urban life as efficient as possible.

This month, CNN’s ‘Innovative Cities‘ explores how these solutions  both big and small  use technology like cloud computing, blockchain solutions, biometrics and artificial intelligence to revolutionize city life as we know it.

Highlights of the 30-minute special include:

Hangzhou, China: Alibaba slashes congestion in its hometown

For residents in Hangzhou, highway traffic was more than just a headache, it was once a major factor affecting future economic growth. A new software system  the City Brain, by Alibaba — uses artificial intelligence and cloud computing to ease road congestion on this Chinese megacity’s gridlock.

London, U.K: Artificial Intelligence in Hospitals

DigitalHealth.London has backed over 100 medically-focused companies that are developing innovative new technology to improve the NHS  a public healthcare system that provides free healthcare to millions in the United Kingdom. One company, Q doctor, is helping reduce waiting room traffic by connecting patients and doctors via smartphones, and another start-up, Skin Analytics, is developing artificial intelligence that is able to help identify skin cancer in its earliest stages.

New York, U.S.: Clean Energy Trading through Blockchain

New York has one of the highest energy consumption rates in the world, but the city has an ambitious plan to go green soon  and some of the city’s biggest green initiatives come from within the community. LO3 is a start-up that allows users to share solar power that they collect with others in their community. If one neighbor has more solar power than they need, they can use what is called the Brooklyn Microgrid to share it with a neighbor who needs more. The energy sharing system aims to reduce non-renewable energy consumption by using green energy at a local level.

Johannesburg, South Africa: Smart Initiatives from Citizens

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city, and a new digital innovation hub  the Tshimologong Precinct — proves that it may soon also be the smartest. Here, CNN meets with local innovators who are using technology and innovation to solve some of the city’s most prominent social problems.

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Classroom of the Future

An Abu Dhabi-based start-up, Alef Education, is completely transforming schools across the city. The program uses artificial intelligence to teach common school subjects  such as math and science  to students using interactive technology, games, and videos. The program is able to register a student’s understanding of topics in real-time and adapt its teaching method accordingly.

‘Innovative Cities’ is produced by CNN Vision, the global production powerhouse of CNN International, which brings the world’s breath-taking diversity into cinematic focus, telling stories that inspire audiences around the world.

‘Innovative Cities’ microsite: https://cnn.it/2CLvvYY 
‘Innovative Cities’ trailer: https://cnn.it/2FL4C7V 
‘Innovative Cities’ images: https://bit.ly/2U7r854

Website:www.cnnvision.com 
Instagram: @cnnvision

Airtimes for 30-minute special:

Saturday, 6th April at 2030 HKT and 2330 HKT 
Sunday, 7th April at 0430 HKT and 1030 HKT  
Monday, 8th April at 0830 HKT and 1630 HKT 
Wednesday, 10th April at 0030 HKT

 

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Hyundai Announces Moniker for All-New 2020 Crossover Utility Vehicle: Hyundai Venue

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Hyundai Announces Moniker for All-New 2020 Crossover Utility Vehicle: Hyundai Venue
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Hyundai today announced the name of its all-new 2020 CUV: Hyundai Venue. The new entry CUV name references a ‘place’ where people want to be seen, or in this case, inside the vehicle. The Venue symbolizes a trendy, unique style, perfect for Hyundai’s newest and smallest CUV.

Hyundai’s naming theme for CUVs has typically been a city or place. Venue embodies the characteristics of ‘the place to be’, en route to the final destination, wherever that may be.

Global media will see the Venue for the first time at the New York International Auto Show on April 17. The global reveal will incorporate an innovative Augmented Reality (AR) element. Augmented Reality is an interactive experience of a real-world scenario including computer-generated or augmented objects through simulation, without the need for virtual-reality goggles or glasses. Viewers at home can experience the perceptually-enriched experience at the following link: https://www.hyundaiusa.com/ at 10:45 a.m. ET.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 835 dealerships nationwide, with the majority sold in the U.S. built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

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SPA Sigma & Strategic Pricing Associates Doug Wyatt wins Sales Operations & Enablement Award

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Doug Wyatt, Director of Sales Enablement SPA Sigma/Strategic Pricing Associates, has been named a Sales Hacker 2019 Top 50 Sales Operations & Enablement winner.

Doug Wyatt spent ten years in an industrial B2B sales organization where he developed a suite of skills training and tools to drive revenue growth.  His initiatives established a track record of providing significant impacts on the performance of new sellers and veterans alike. Since joining SPA and SPASIGMA as Director of Sales Enablement, Doug has worked closely with clients to equip their sales teams with strategies, tools, and training needed to retain and grow revenue in today’s evolving B2B marketplace. An energetic, professional trainer and presenter, Doug presents at national sales industry conferences and leads hands-on workshops to help attendees approach their own sales enablement and training efforts strategically. Currently, he is working to develop and bring to market training courses and sales analytics tools designed to accelerate growth in industrial B2B organizations.

“We congratulate all the Sales Hacker Top 50 Award winners. We are especially blessed to have Doug Wyatt on our team here at SPA Sigma and Strategic Pricing Associates,” said David Bauders, Founder, President & CEO, SPA & SPASIGMA. “Doug continues to provide immense impact by engaging managers, provide training and coaching to improve training adoption and sales rep skill levels, resulting in improved sales for our clients.”

The 2019 Sales Hacker Top 50 Awards is an awards program in the United States recognizing individuals that have elevated the sales profession through innovation and leadership. Awards categories included: Sales Development, Account Executive, Account Manager/CSM, Sales Operations and Enablement, and Sales Leadership. The judging panel was comprised of experienced leaders and professionals working in the sales and marketing industry.

For more information on how SPA Sigma provides modern, impactful, and memorable sales training that delivers true skills mastery to drive long-term profitability and growth, visit  or call 844-772-7446.

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Phonexa Spoofs History with New Commercial Highlighting Innovation

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Call Tracking Analytics Software by Phonexa | Too Good to Believe!
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Phonexa, a B2B Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions provider, has released a commercial that finds humor in a seminal event in the history of communication: the invention of the telephone.

Set in 1876, the commercial centers on a pair of mismatched friends who have wildly different reactions to news of Alexander Graham Bell’s invention—one is bursting with enthusiasm over the game-changing technology, while the other can’t seem to wrap his head around what exactly the new device does. The hook of the ad draws comparisons between the unbelievable nature of the telephone and the innovative solutions provided by Phonexa’s all-in-one marketing platform.

Two talented comedic actors star in the spot. Stand-up comedian Barry Rothbart, who can be seen in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and the ABC sitcom Downward Dog, plays “Phillip” while actor Davey Jones, whose credits include Comedy Central’s Key & Peele and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, plays “Cornelius.” The commercial was directed by Andy Landen (Sequoia) and was produced by Giles Andrew (DeanHits).

While the commercial is humorous in tone, Phonexa doesn’t see putting its platform in the same breath as the invention of the telephone as wholly laughable. Phonexa President David Gasparyan explains: “Sometimes it can be difficult to understand just how impactful new technology can be and that is what the commercial pokes fun at. With our platform, we believe we are offering businesses a revolutionary new way to manage their marketing efforts and increase their ROI.”

To view the commercial and get more information about Phonexa’s platforms, visit www.Phonexa.com.

 

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